April 22, 1898: Three days before the United States declares war on Spain over the sovereignty of Cuba, starting the Spanish-American War, Ted Breitenstein pitches a no-hitter against the Pirates at League Park. Breitenstein struck out two batters and walked one as the Reds coasted to an 11-0 win.

Breitenstein’s catcher in the no-hitter was Heinie Peitz. the pair became known as the “Pretzel Battery” because of their German ancetry. Breitenstein previoiusly pitched no-hitter in his first major league start with St. Louis of the American Association in 1891. He had a 20-14 record for the Reds in 1898.

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